What I've Done Already {Reverse Bucket List}

Two of my favorite bloggy friends, Maureen and Alison, have done a Reverse Bucket List and it seems like fun, so I'm joining in and linking up to the original post over at Happy Fit Mama.

What is a Reverse Bucket List? It's a list of things you have already done in your life. Big or small. So here goes mine:


  1. Gone on middle of the night road trips
  2. Carried a towel with me (Read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
  3. Had two beautiful children 
  4. Fallen in love
  5. Lived through heart breaks 
  6. Read over 100 books in a year 
  7. Started my own business
  8. Graduated high school (with a B+ average)
  9. Had a wild and crazy youth 
  10. Learned all the words to the songs in Josie & the Pussycats movie
  11. Dyed my hair bright jewel toned colors 
  12. Gotten engaged (twice)
  13. Been tattooed 
  14. Had facial piercings 
  15. Had my photography on display
  16. Realized and LOVE that I'm just like my mommy 
  17. Applied to and been accepted to colleges
  18. Taken leaps of faith for love
  19. Seen the sunrise over the beach
  20. Gone swimming in the ocean in MARCH cause I'm a crazy mermaid
  21. Been to the beach on my birthday
  22. Having great friends, both near and far, real life and online. 
  23. Getting help and realizing that mental health is just as important as physical health
  24. Standing up for my beliefs 
  25. Standing up for others
  26. Standing up for a stranger
  27. Helping those in need 
  28. Photographed a Suicide Girls set 
And I'm sure there is many more but I'm having trouble thinking of them. =)


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Free Writing: Blogging

Everyone seems to posting about blogging lately, telling you to this, telling you to that. That you shouldn't do that. Why they blog, what they do behind the scenes. Tips on how to blog, how to write, how to get readers, likes, and fans. What will lose you those fans, what will make people hate you, what will make them love you. I've been going through and clean out my feeds, figuring out who I want to follow.

See for me I started blogging to make my voice heard.


I may post a few tips that I find helpful. I might earn a few bucks with sponsored posts and ads. Maybe even take too many selfies. Sometimes I rant, sometimes I don't make it a priority (those days I feel down).

I blog from the heart. Mostly.


To me blogging is therapeutic, it makes my voice heard, it gives me a community to turn to, it helps me. I like to think that I help a few people too. Do I think I make a big difference in the blogging world? Nope. I blog for me mostly.

Do I get pitch emails? Daily. Press releases? Yup got them too. Never really thought it was a big deal, till out on a date with someone that does a podcast blog. We got talking about blogging, I mentioned getting emails, getting items for review, paid gigs. He was like "wait, wow you're telling me that your blog is popular enough to get that stuff?" It made me think, made me reconsider how I did things.

Yup I said did. I changed the way I looked at those emails. Changed the way I responded to them. Why? Cause it made me realize that someone out there likes how I write, do things, design, how I am. Not just that but they feel I can help them. It means I also stopped accepting freebies, requiring compensation for my work. Compensation is not promoting my post about your product on your channels, you should be doing this anyway, compensation is a full sized product to use, paid posts, bartering services is also good compensation. In exchange for my graphic designs, one friend sent me a charm from her Etsy shop.


Why do you blog?


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Bow-tiful

On a whim I decided to do a pin up type hair style, meaning I used a bandana as a headband, but when you look up how to do it the keywords are pin up bandana hair styles. Then you get a page like this, which is all sorts of awesome: Pin Up Passion.


I think it looked pretty cute, and I got a few compliments on it. This is the YouTube video I used.



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Adorkable Birthday Wishlist #MermaidMonday

My birthday is coming up, pretty fast, next month. I will be 30 years old! When did that happen? What does being 30 mean? Nothing but another year on this Earth as far I'm concerned. I've been eyeing some stuff from Adorkable Apparel though.

via deviantart

There's a few things on the site that I would die from happiness to get for my birthday, it would be fun, cause honestly it's expensive and I don't have the money to spend on myself like that. But I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites!






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Polaris Project {Sevenly}

About The Charity

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.
Read more about this great company and charity on Sevenly. 



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Reality? Me? Ummm

So I got an interesting email the other day, and I'm not quite sure if I want to sign up for it or not. I'm sure it would be a long shot, but I'm also very awkward in that kind of situation. But again it could be a big thing.

I know you're like ummm Amanda what the heck are you talking about? Let me clue you in.


Yes my friends this perpetually single mama has been asked to apply for a docu-soap for plus size single beauties. I've been debating since I opened the email. In all honesty I don't date much, yeah I belong to a couple of dating sites, I have fun and flirt a bit. Which made me want to pass it by, but then again it does say online dating divas are welcomed.

I'm still debating, like I said I'm very awkward in person, and on video I'm sure you can attest to that if you have seen my YouTube channel. But it could be something really big, cool, and fun. So what say you, any advice for me? Should I or shouldn't I?

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Hanging In

I know I know I've been a bad blogger and haven't been updating. I mean I have the app I should use that. But I've been in such a funk, and now I'm sick again. Stupid stomach bug decided I needed a second turn.


The funk I think is stemming from now having my MacBook to use. I feel like I'm stalled on doing anything cause I can't work. Using the windows laptop is more of a bother than I would like. I'm just not used to it anymore.

I even paused my Project 365 because I can't edit the photos in a timely manner I feel like I would get unorganized about it. So I decided to pause it till I get my new MacBook. The one thing I do want to do is to start looking for a model for my Faerie Tale Series, first up is Red Riding Hood. So my goal for today is to put up a few ads looking for a TP (time for print) model that wants in on the project.

via weheartit


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Howdy

So currently I'm on my grandma's old laptop. Very weird to be using a Windows computer, more used to Apple. But it works to be able to update things. I needed to add a new widget for my Influenster's account.


Other than that the boy got sick at school. He seems to be fine since I picked him up. We'll see what tonight brings. Right now we are just relaxing and watching Lilo & Stitch.

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Will Be MIA

My MacBook has decided to give me the dreaded blue screen I have tried everything to fix it myself. But alas it won't work. Considering I had gotten it used I don't see the point in trying to get it fixed. I was hoping it would hold out till my tax refund came in but no such luck. I will be MIA till next month when I get a brand new one. (Since I can't edit on borrowed computers.)

lovely thoughts

In the meantime here is my Lovely Thoughts Jar for 2014, a new tradition. I write a good thought for each day to read at the end of the year. Fun right?

Giving up on my MacBook

So I have tried everything I could find online was to get past the blue screen but to no avail. I am now computer less till my tax refund comes in and I can go buy a BRAND SPANKING NEW MacBook Pro. Right now I'm using my iPad and the bluetooth keyboard my mom got me for Christmas. Its a little easier than using my iPhone to blog. 

In other news I'm planning a photo shoot. A series of faerie tale. I'm so excited. I picked my first one to be Red Riding Hood! Meet my inspiration photos found on weheartit.com enjoy  =]






The blue screen is mocking me

I've been trying to fix my MacBook. I just need it to hold out till my tax refund comes in. I don't know if it's going to work. 




I'll see what I can do with it today. 

Kiss a Ginger Day!

found on weheartit

You know what today is? It's Kiss a Ginger Day! Go out and find yourself a ginger aka a redhead (like moi) and give them a kiss. Have fun  =)

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Washing sheets and blankets and pillows oh my


Before the madness of a toddler with an upset tummy started. It was just another semi-normal night with the late napper girl.





As the night went into the early hours of the morning we lost bedding and changed pajamas more than a few times. Finally falling asleep around 5am. There was a few more changes after we woke up. The little girl had chugged a cup of water and it didn't agree with her.


After giving her some Pedialyte she seems to be feeling better and is holding that down. I even got a smile when I went to take a picture of her. Momma on the other hand is exhausted.


Long night with a sick toddler makes for a sleepy momma



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Sometimes You Need to Be Silly #iPPP










So I know I have been kind of quiet as of late. There is a lot going on behind the scenes here at the Faerie Household. Most of wish I, at least right now, aren't willing to share with the interwebz. Been feeling really down because of most of it, which lead to an interesting conversation with my shrink and a change in my medication. An awesomesauce friend of mine gave me money to go out to eat, and as silly as it sounds going out to Denny's was a major mood boost. It was nice to just go and be silly with Ariel.

I have a few goals for this year. 


One I want to make sure I'm writing more often, I feel like I haven't been and it's something that I need to do, I feel better when I do. Plus if I write more then I get more support from the community. Which is something I need cause it makes me feel as though I'm not alone.

Two I am determined to do more photography work this year. I have many projects I want to make for myself just for the art of it. I will be looking for local models to do those. I'm starting to work on a marketing plan for Valentines Day and Suicide Girls, meaning my certain friend needs to get over for shoots soon!

Three I want to make sure to set aside some time for me to be me. For me to not be mommy. Not have to worry about and stress over everything. But the main thing is for me to have some breathing time for myself.

GFunkified

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OMG Random

So it is just kind of hit me that next month I will be turning 30 years old. Interesting. I'm not sure I feel about this. Though the fact that people think I'm 25 or so usually is a good thought to go on.



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What's UP Party People?

So I've been quiet. Lots going on around here. Like my son turned 5 years old on New Years Day! Yup I have a New Years Baby, too bad he wasn't the first haha. We had a party for him and Papa (yup another New Years Baby) and some ups and downs. But I'm focusing on the ups.


I made a cute little flipagram of AJ through the years.



AJ a DS and some rocking headphones for his birthday. An awesome Mario cake made by his Mema! And we found out Ariel has a look alike. 



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Birthday Boy {62/365}

project 365/62

OMG my baby boy is 5 years old! The time went by way too fast. Can I shrink him? I also made this little flipagram.